October 8th, 2013
10:48 AM ET
11 months ago

Couple provide $10 million to keep Head Start programs open

(CNN) - Early childhood programs for low-income families in six states, forced to close because of the government shutdown, will reopen with the help of $10 million in emergency funding from billionaire Houston couple Laura and John Arnold, the National Head Start Association said Tuesday.

Some 7,000 children in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi were affected by the closures, the organization said. As many as 97,000 children in 41 states and one U.S. territory could be affected if the showdown extends into November, the group added.

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  1. Anonymous

    Thank you Laura and John Arnold for showing that not all Texans are selfish, uncaring, and crazy. I'm sure other
    wealthy people from other States are stepping up to the plate, but we have been taking a beating lately, thanks
    to our selfish, uncaring and crazy politicians.

    October 8, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    This can't go on forever. When these Govt. functions are handled privately & by Charity Groups, we are no longer a Nation. We are a disorganized group of volunteers. The WW II Museum was privately built but can NOT operate 365 days a year w/out GUVMENT.

    October 8, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. anonymous

    more money wasted. millions and billions more spent on all of these programs yet we are getting dumber and dumber kids out of the end of the failed school system pipeline. it never used to be this way. it only started happening after the liberals and union controlled democrats started messing with the schools and what was being taught.

    October 8, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I've heard that the Koch brothers have helped out some workers at M.I.T. The parents of roughly 60 kids, whose parents worked at M.I.T., found themselves stuck without any place to care for their kids while they worked.

    October 8, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. ora pike

    slim the government down and we the people will help pick up what is needed. Biden only gave $5,000 in donations for the whole year--see, liberals and socialist want to give give give but let the government do it not Biden and company. INTERESTING NOTE--WH-IN THE BIBLE IS THE WHITE HORSE WITH A BOW.

    October 8, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    " it only started happening after the liberals and union controlled democrats started messing with the schools and what was being taught."
    Yes, I remember when the Liberals went in and changed the Texas school curriculum to dumb down the students and teach subjects which supported their crazed political dogma. No, wait, that was the republicants!
    DOH!

    October 8, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    BTW- Thank you Folks for supporting this much needed program which many American families and children depend on.

    October 8, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -anonymous

    more money wasted. millions and billions more spent on all of these programs yet we are getting dumber and dumber kids out of the end of the failed school system pipeline. it never used to be this way. it only started happening after the liberals and union controlled democrats started messing with the schools and what was being taught.
    ****************************
    Your post is all the evidence we need to keep the funding in place. Wild accusations without evidence are the conversational equivilent of passing gas: loud, offensive, but with no real substance.

    October 8, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Long

    $7 billion pledged to the continent of Africa during the Obama Sequester. Too bad we didn't spend the money on paying the bills.

    October 8, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Larry in Houston

    well, to be perfectly honest, between N.Y. Calif. & TX. There's where the money is. Texas has 28 million people, and millions of acres of un-developed land. Unlike N.Y. & Cal.
    Can u imagine getting the ceo's of goldman saks, warren buffet, carlos slim , bill gates together ? we would be out of debt, if they chipped in.

    October 8, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @anonymous
    "more money wasted. millions and billions more spent on all of these programs yet we are getting dumber and dumber kids out of the end of the failed school system pipeline. it never used to be this way."

    You are right. It never used to be this way. It used to be that only rich white christian boys were welcomed for education.

    BTW, this is also the answer to "who is the shutdown really hurting anyway?"

    October 8, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. jinx9to88

    This is a crying shame!!! Thankyou for your wonderful contributions. Other millionaires spend there money to buy politicians these individuals did the right thing God Bless!!

    October 8, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. jinx9to88

    @ Long
    $7 billion pledged to the continent of Africa during the Obama Sequester. Too bad we didn't spend the money on paying the bills.

    --–

    Yep, you act like it only started under Obama Admin. GOP Hypocrite!!!

    October 8, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. jinx9to88

    Lets cut education because we have no money, but lets build that tank that we dont need cause we have 1000 of the same kind sitting "just in case" something would happen. GOP have their priorities screwed up. They wonder why the lose elections and will continue to lose.

    October 8, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. OKfine

    it only started happening after the liberals and union controlled democrats started messing with the schools and what was being taught.
    -
    Yes, I remember when the liberals insisted that creationism be taught in science class.
    Oh wait......

    October 8, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Thomas

    @Ol' Yeller
    " it only started happening after the liberals and union controlled democrats started messing with the schools and what was being taught."
    Yes, I remember when the Liberals went in and changed the Texas school curriculum to dumb down the students and teach subjects which supported their crazed political dogma. No, wait, that was the republicants!
    DOH!

    ====
    Your wrong !
    You have to stop making thing up .

    It was the Texas GOP Republican God Squad that destroyed the Public education in Texas .

    And they did it to promote private Christian schools federal subsidy .

    October 8, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Thomas

    Thank you Laura and John Arnold.

    They also support the Arts ,
    it's also good to see the transformation of those who made there fortune with Enron give back .

    October 8, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. S. B. Stein

    I'd like to thank this couple for doing something very nice.

    The point that should be made is that the very wealthy like this couple should either be putting their money together to form non-profits to perform functions like Head Start, SNAP, or Medicaid that the federal government is currently doing. If that were the case, then there would less of a need for the federal government to do these social welfare programs that conservatives are constantly complaining about.

    October 8, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |